There were twenty-nine Christian college students gathered for worship that morning at Garissa University, Kenya.
They were standing in a circle holding hands as they prayed when Al Shabaab terrorists entered the back door of the building and immediately shot and killed the young woman leading the entire group. One by one, they proceeded to kill each one of them, laughing as they did so.
The world is far more silent than it could be, and its silence is allowing more men, women and children to be threatened, kidnapped, trafficked, and massacred every week.
The militants then continued on to the school’s dormitories where they separated students by religion, and began executing all of those who were not Muslims. In all, nearly 150 — mainly Christian — students were killed that day.
This attack was not indiscriminate.
Al Shabaab, which brazenly live tweeted their siege of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in 2013, is also in the habit of releasing press releases following their attacks, clearly articulating their motivation.
In contrast to the general western perception of jihadists as impoverished and undereducated victims, Al Shabaab’s releases are in nearly perfect English explaining why their attack was conducted and conducted, by the way, by a group of jihadists that included at least one law school graduate whose father is a Kenyan politician.
Their press release read, “[our] attack targeted only non-Muslims, all Muslims were allowed to safely evacuate the premises before executing disbelievers…no amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath from occurring in your cities.”
They came that day for a single purpose – to kill Christians.
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